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Buddy and Earl

Written by Maureen Fergus

Illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Series Title: Buddy and Earl

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554988860
  • 7.25" x 8"
  • from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Friendship



Publication Date July 24, 2015

Buddy does not know what is in the box that Meredith carries into the living room. But when the small, prickly creature says he is a pirate — and that Buddy is a pirate too — the two mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure.

In this first book in the Buddy and Earl series, a dog who likes to play by the rules meets a hedgehog who knows no limits. Their friendship is tender and loyal, and their adventures are funny and imaginative. Maureen Fergus’s text is witty and understated, and Carey Sookocheff’s art emphasizes both the humor and the warmth of this odd and loveable animal couple.

Coming in 2016 — Buddy and Earl Go Exploring and Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby.

Selected for the 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015

Selected for the A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2016

Selected for the Boston Globe Best Books of 2015 for Kids 2015

Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens 2016


Maureen Fergus
Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her novels include The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega; her picture books include InvisiBill and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten. She lives in Winnipeg.

Carey Sookocheff
Carey Sookocheff's illustrations have garnered awards from Communication Arts and American Illustration as well as the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"Fergus' deadpan text and Sookocheff's simple, flowing artwork work in elemental harmony, working together to elevate the book to a subliminal sophistication that breathes something quite smart into the proceedings." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"Their charmingly raucous game of make-believe is appealing enough, but the sneaky lesson in deductive reasoning makes this frolicsome, read-aloud-friendly picture book truly outstanding." Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"An understated winner of a friendship story. . . . simultaneously of-the-moment and timeless." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"A simple story for animal loving readers and proponents of imaginative play." School Library Journal

"Enjoy the humor, and the depth of characterization, in both art and text, and hope for more Buddy and Earl adventures." Horn Book

"Readers will enjoy the antics of these two playful friends and will look forward to more of their adventures in the future. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine

"Fergus succeeds in engaging readers with this rollicking adventure in a way that never feels didactic or forced. . . Sookocheff marks a promising debut with her first picture book." Quill & Quire

"Deserves to be read aloud over and over again." Boston Globe